ETHICS IN THE ORANGUTAN REHABILITATION CENTER

The BOS Foundation’s programs that involve quarantine, research and conservation use sites and facilities that are not are open to visitors, tourists, or the general public. Even BOSF employees themselves need certain permits to enter some of these special work areas.

All visitors to BOSF must understand that the Orangutan Reintroduction Program and rehabilitation centres that support it function with the aim to return orangutans back to a natural habitat. This means that visitors should not interfere with the orangutan rehabilitation process in any way.

Expected Behavior around Orangutans

  1. ATTITUDE

Never use or take advantage of orangutans, nor come with the perception that they are a desired pet, half-human or there to entertain you. BOSF aims to promote the conservation of, and respect for, orangutans in their natural environment and fight the image of orangutans as human cousins that can be held captive and exploited to provide entertainment for humans.

  1. CONTACT

For medical and behavioural reasons, visitors should not make contact or interact with orangutans, and should avoid situations that could potentially put them in contact with orangutans. Interaction with orangutans is only permitted to visitors who have been given authority to do so, and the only contact/interaction permitted should be solely for purposes relating to our program.

When visiting a wildlife centre like this, which contains intelligent primates that can at times be mischievous or aggressive, there are certain aspects that need to be considered. Many orangutans at our centres are docile and calm, while others are hostile and will bite. An adult orangutan that manages to get out of their enclosure, for example, may potentially attack, and could cause severe injury.

  1. DISTANCE

All visitors should avoid orangutans and the areas they are located during mild illnesses such as colds, flu, etc. Even if medical test results come back negative, access to quarantine and isolation areas, or where sick orangutans are housed, is not permitted at all times. 

  1. CLOTHING

Do not wear flashy clothes that may attract an orangutans attention. Wearing natural colours such as brown and dark green, or neutral colours such as white and grey, is highly recommended.

  1. BEHAVIOUR

The work and behaviour of BOSF employees is not an example by which visitors should aspire to copy or behave similarly to. Some jobs require BOSF employees to handle or interact with orangutans, but visitors must keep in mind these employees have specific roles that visitors are not permitted to carry out.

  1. FOOD AND PROPERTIES

Do not offer or show food to orangutans, or bring food in a way that facilitates orangutans to see. Never eat in front of orangutans.

  1. DISTURBANCE

Never tease or disturb orangutans. Immediately stop any activities that seem to upset them (getting too close, using a flash when taking photographs, etc.). Trying to change or influence the behaviour of orangutans is unacceptable (calling to get their attention, luring them with food, etc.)

Visitors who come to see orangutans should do so in small groups and will be accompanied by BOSF employees (maximum four [4] visitors to one [1] staff member), from a specified distance. Visitors must be aware of keeping their noise levels down at all times.

  1. PHOTO & VIDEO

Taking photographs and video documentation is an everyday activity in the field of animal rehabilitation, including at the BOS Foundation. Documentation is not only carried out by our internal BOS Foundation staff members, but may also be undertaken by various partner institutions and individuals who support the orangutan and habitat conservation effort.

Throughout the rehabilitation process and reintroduction of orangutans to natural habitats, the BOS Foundation requires all photo and video documentation to avoid provoking orangutans to become upset or aggressive.